Rail User Group

Rail User Group

Links to external websites about the Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group.

Royston Crow 9th November 2017 “Praise for platform extensions at Shepreth and Foxton but rail bosses say Meldreth work not needed”


Cambridge News 27th September 2017 “New air-conditioned trains to run between London, Peterborough and Cambridge this autumn”


Royston Crow 26th September 2017 “Bus and rail action groups set for Meldreth meetings to update community on South Cambs issues”


Royston Crow 2nd March 2017 “‘It’s good to know we have been heard’ – End of the line for Network Rail’s pedestrian gate closure plans at Foxton”


Cambridge News 25th July 2017 “MP’s call for constituents to make noise over plans to scrap fast train services to London”


Cambridge News 9th February 2017 “Meldreth rail users frustrated by faulty ticket machines and absent staff”


Cambridge News 14th November 2016 “Calls for a bridge or underpass at ‘ever increasing obstruction’ of Foxton level crossing”


Royston Crow 23 December 2016 “Platform extensions at Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton stations will take six months – Network Rail”


Royston Crow 29th September 2016 “‘It would have a profound impact on everyone’ – Protest against closure of pedestrian gate at Foxton level crossing”


Royston Crow 2nd October 2014 “Shepreth level crossing branded dangerous by campaigners set for upgrade”


Royston Crow 27th March 2014 “Changes to Shepreth level crossing to stop pedestrians putting lives at risk”


Cambridge TV “Rail Crossings”
“Protestors have criticised Network Rail’s plans for level crossings in the county as it begins its second round of public consultation.”

Royston Crow 9th January 2014 “Campaign launched in bid to help disabled train passengers ‘stranded’ in Cambridgeshire”
Melbourn ward county councillor Susan van de Ven chairs the rail user group. She said: “While Meldreth is a healthy and important rural station, the rail user group believes that many people are missing out on access to rail services there.
“Steep flights of steps over the tracks, and another set of steps leading down to the Melbourn side of the station, mean that only those able to climb stairs can use the station. This includes not only people who are elderly or infirm, but those managing pushchairs with small children.”

Royston Crow 8th October 2013 “Station gardens get spruced up”
In South Cambridgeshire, station garden volunteers will be tackling the tubs at Foxton, Shepreth and Meldreth Stations this month, to turn things around for the winter.
Cllr Susan van de Ven, who chairs the Foxton, Meldreth and Shepreth rail user group, said: “We try as much as possible to rely upon donations of any spare items that people and shops might be ready to share.
“For the winter, we’re looking especially for pansies and bulbs, and also any remnants of bags of compost. We can also use any split perennials to put into the side gardens at Meldreth, which are maintained in conjunction with Meldreth Primary School.
“Our gardening teams are an ever changing mix of people, and if you would like to come along to any of our sessions, please do – all you need to bring is a pair of gardening gloves.”

Royston Crow 28th March 2013 “Bridge or underpass could solve problems at level crossing”


Royston Crow 7th February 2013 “Fears over level crossing gate safety”
“Pedestrian gates at a problematic level crossing have been chained shut, causing school children to cross the tracks next to speeding traffic.” 

ITV News 8th October 2012 “Level Crossing Safety” (Foxton crossing at 02:00)

BBC 15th August 2012 “Rapper Professor Green fronts rail crossing campaign” (including interview with Dave Ward, and clip of Foxton at 01:35)

ITV 15th August 2012 “Rap Star Professor Green promotes rail safety” (including interview with Dave Ward)

Meldreth Matters June 2012 “David Piggott – Our Amazing Station Master” 

Royston Crow  “Safety boost for danger crossing”

ITV News “Network Rail agree to look how to improve crossing”
Report about the result of the meeting between Dave Ward and Cambridge County Council on Thursday 14th June 2012

Network Rail Foxton level crossing ‘fix’ promised by July – BBC News 23rd May 2012

BBC News “Villagers campaign for better crossing safety” – 22nd May 2012

BBC News “Mother’s level crossing safety fight”
Report about Elsenham (12/4/12)

Melbourn Village College BBC Schools video report about Foxton Level Crossing:

Royston Crow “Railway level crossings endangering lives” (23-3-2012)

BBC “‘Notorious Cambridgeshire crossing upgrade plan”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-17088772 (19-2-2012)

Meldreth History: Meldreth Station 160th Birthday Celebrations 9th July 2011


Railfuture “Blossoming Support” 15th June 2011

Meldreth History “Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group: campaigning on local rail issues” 21st March 2011